As Coldplay blandly strained for the universal, she and Bruno Mars pulled off something more specific and more daring.
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The Super Bowl, Grammys, and Oscars offer her a respectability hat-trick, after which maybe she can come back and save pop music.
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Her hugely hyped single with Drake embraces the joy of repetition.
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He used his creativity and the power of silence to set the terms of his exit, and not for the first time.
Mysterious and gorgeous, his 25th album obsesses over ego.
“Facts” has him returning to the hip-hop fray after a year of ignoring it.
It takes a lot to laugh, it takes a train to be not able to even. …